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Collecting Native American Pottery

Native American pottery is fun to collect. There are so many different pueblos, and each one has its own style of pottery. While collecting the pottery, you are also learning a lot about Native American art and culture. This form of art has been practiced for thousands of years. Yet it is constantly improving as modern artists are experimenting with new techniques and designs. You can purchase antique pottery or modern versions, and each has its pros and cons. Of course, the older pottery is much more expensive, if it is in good condition, because of the value as an antique. But the newer pottery can be just as beautiful or even more so. It is important to collect what you like and can afford. The first thing you should do is visit some websites and look at photos of Native American pottery. When you see enough good quality pottery, you will train your eye to recognize what is good. Be sure to read some books on the subject as well. If you can visit New Mexico or Arizona, be sure to visit some of the pueblos where the pottery is made. Often the pueblo will have a cultural center where they display works of the local artists, along with a lot of information about their history and crafts. This will help you get a feel for the pottery...

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Benefits of Tracing Your Family Tree

Tracing your ancestors has rapidly increased in popularity over the last decade, partly due to the internet, and programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? If you haven’t tried it yourself, it’s likely that someone you know will be. So what exactly are the benefits of tracing your family tree, and why is it so addictive? There are many reasons why people might start to trace their ancestors. It could be that they are trying to find out something about a grandparent, find out about inherited diseases, an interest in history or (most likely) just a curiosity about who their ancestors were and whether they had had inherited any characteristics or skills. For many people, however, it is not until they start working on their family history that they realise just how it can have very positive effects on their lives and how they feel about themselves. Here are just a few of the benefits that people have described as a result of tracing their family history: > A sense of identity > A sense of pride > A greater understanding of history > Finding distant cousins you did not know you had > Having an interesting hobby that keeps you occupied for many years Let me take each one of these and look at them in more detail: A sense of identity This is one of...

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Rhubarb Varieties

Rhubarb – We love rhubarb, well our teenagers are not that fond of it but we are! We've planted 5 plants – way to many but the neighbors like it as well! It's possible to grow rhubarb from seed, but the downside is that it's quite difficult to grow from seed. That's why the majority of people buy a rhubarb plant. So much easier and you get to eat it quicker. There are many different Rhubarb varieties to choose from nowdays. And here are some of my favorites: Ace of Hearts: – A rhubarb variety that is suited to the smaller garden. This variety is also used for oral purposes, because it has beautiful red & purple heart shaped leaves and pink flower spikes. Champagne: – This variety has beautiful pink tinged stems and is sweet tasting. Fultons Strawberry Surprise: – Very fast growing rhubarb stems are a beautiful red color. Mammoth Red: – You can guess from the name that it's a big rhubarb and can grow up to 5ft high. Not a rhubarb plant to have if you have a small garden! But if you have the room in your garden it's well worth growing as it's beautiful. Prince Albert: – If you love you rhubarb so much then this early cropping rhubarb is for you. Stockbridge Arrow: – This is the rhubarb that I grow. Provides...

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Private Paradise With Hot Springs, Caves, And Ancient Petroglyphs – Guadalupe Canyon Awaits You

The indigo blue night sky flashes brilliant points of light, and blankets my view in all directions as far as my eyes can see. Except for the occasional cry of a distant coyote or the soft flickering wings of a desert bat, the awesome silence envelopes me. I can actually hear myself breathe. Nestled in the warm, soft, and completely private natural hot springs tub carved into the granite rocks surrounding my campsite, I lay, soaking, without a single worry or thought of my daily life. I feel like I am a thousand miles from home. Guadalupe Canyon is truly paradise, and only a short drive from San Diego, where I live. Canyon de Guadalupe is a palm covered oasis in the desert with natural hot springs, located 80 miles from the U.S./Mexico border in the Sierra de Juarez Mountains. Founded by Jose Loya Murillo, who first discovered the Canyon on horse back while searching for stray cows, “Don” Jose soon discovered the healing benefits of the mineral water and realized the natural beauty of the palm oasis. At the age of 60, Don Jose gave up ranching and set up a homestead in the canyon. He suffered from arthritis and found that bathing in the hot water cured his pain. The family built and continues to run two campgrounds containing about two dozen campsites each with its own...

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Different Types of Trees

A tree is a living thing which has leaves, branches, a trunk that is wood and roots. Some trees have fruits or flowers and are tall in height. Trees are classified according to their features and characteristics. They can be classified as green and non green depending on the leaves. Some trees have leaves that are ever green while others are green and dry up in some seasons. Here is a list of different types of trees. Deciduous trees: this one looses its green color at a certain time in season. They include; black oak and cherry, plane tree, pawpaw among others. Evergreen trees: where its leaves are always green despite the climatic condition of the season. They include; pine, cedar and the spruce trees. A conifer tree: which leaves are needle like and are evergreen but bear cones. The examples are; bald cypress, pine, spruce and cedar. They have been in existence for more than 290 million years and are grown all over the world. They lead in producing renewable resources. Flowering trees: produce flowers which create a pleasant scenery from the different colors of flowers. They include; pawpaw, cheery, mimosa tree among others. Oak trees: are hard wood trees and have clustered flowers. They are mostly identified by the fruit they bear called acorn. They grow in wet or high low lands on mountain slopes. The flowers...

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